Mega truck pimped at PJs for TV series

ROUGH START: When Jon Kelly first brought his old Mack Valueliner into PJ’s for restoration work, owner Steve Lemon wondered how the job could be done in time.The process was filmed for the Foxtel series Mega Truckers. BELOW: Work begins on the truck. It is stripped back and repaired before being repainted, and a PJ’s team member does some line marking.
ROUGH START: When Jon Kelly first brought his old Mack Valueliner into PJ’s for restoration work, owner Steve Lemon wondered how the job could be done in time.The process was filmed for the Foxtel series Mega Truckers. BELOW: Work begins on the truck. It is stripped back and repaired before being repainted, and a PJ’s team member does some line marking.

MAKING their debut on Australian TV during the series Mega Truckers, PJ's Truck Mechanical and Custom Spray Painting is set to be the star of the truck restoration market.

Owner/manager Steve Lemon said the business was approached by Mega Truckers production team members after seeing the work PJ's did on Jon Kelly's fleet.

They wanted to film the process of restoring a truck from start to finish, something that PJ's specialises in.

Steve (pictured below second from right) said his team basically did everything.

From the ground up, they took Jon Kelly's old V8 Valueliner and made it as good as new.

When Jon (pictured below middle) first brought it in, Steve first thought, "It's a piece of crap".

He wondered how they would get the truck stripped back and then up to show quality within the timeframe given.

"We just made it happen," he said.

The team started off with the mechanical repairs, then gave it a full overhaul.

Then they welded up the chassis, cut out the rust and welded up the holes.

"We did a full restoration," Steve said. "We took the cab back to bare metal.

"Stripped the fibre glass down to gel coat, filed and buffed it like new again."

PJ's then got to work on sand-blasting the

chassis, prepping and painting and then airbrushing with a full custom paint.

Steve said his team used a flow-coat technique to make sure there were no edges on the paintwork, making the finish show quality.

They even repaired the bull bar, re-trimmed the cab and gave it all new tanks and J-brackets, made all new guards and a rear light bar, fitted walk plates and gave the truck a full custom exhaust.

The old V8 Valueliner was pimped and primed and came up better than new.

"We refurbished the whole thing. It's as good as new, if not better," Steve said.

"Few places can do what we do - take a rust bucket to a show finish, and do it all in-house."

PJ's Custom Spray Painting and PJ's Truck Mechanical Repairs can do basic painting through to full custom paint jobs - some of which are the envy of Australian truckies everywhere.

They can take the dodgiest- looking truck and give it a new lease on life with mechanical and body repairs, a new paint job and even modifications.

They can extend and shorten a chassis, fit mud guards, rear light bars, tool boxes and anything else.

See PJ's in Mega Truckers on Foxtel, episodes 3 and 4.

Topics:  foxtel, mega truckers, truck resoration



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